Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, stormed out of a briefing after a heated row with reporters over President Trump’s repeated attacks on anonymous sourcing and “fake news.”
Mr Spicer walked out of the briefing, his first since Mr Trump returned from the G7 summit in Italy, after he was challenged by news outlets to give specific examples of false stories.
The president frequently complains on Twitter about reporters publishing negative stories about his administration which are backed up by anonymous sources.
He has also accused the media of fabricating stories in a bid to discredit his administration but is yet to produce any evidence that this is the case.
The walk-out was triggered by a series of questions from reporters who have been dubbed “fake news” by Mr Trump who pused Mr Spicer for specific examples of false stories.
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The Press Secretary icily responded: “What I’m telling you is that the reason the president is frustrated is the perpetration of false narratives, the use of unnamed sources over and over again about things that are happening that don’t ultimately happen and I think that is troubling.”
He then packed up his things, said “thank you guys, very much” and then left as reporters jeered and booed him.
His abrupt exit marks the latest incident in a series of bitter disputes between Mr Spicer and the press.
Sean Spicer loses his cool with journalist